It’s hard to get more charming than a vintage FJ60-generation Toyota Land Cruiser. There’s an excellent overlanding-ready 1985 version still available on Bring a Trailer for a great price that would be the perfect addition to any garage, but you have to act fast. The auction ends today.
One of the major drawbacks to a vintage off-roader is they are criminally underpowered by today’s expectations. The highest-output inline-six put in an FJ60 Land Cruiser pumped out just 155 horsepower. This owner resolved that by swapping in a GM 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with a five-speed manual. That engine, with less than 90,000 miles, is much fresher than the durable Toyota chassis, which has 235,000 miles on it. This Cruiser also has the upgraded steering box from a younger FJ80 Land Cruiser.
Extensive modifications mean this Land Cruiser is well-prepared for overlanding. It has a 30-gallon fuel tank and a swing-out basket for an additional jerry can. The owner replaced the sway bars and bushings and added Old Man Emu springs, Bilstein shocks, ARB and Kaymar bumpers, a rear ARB air locker, 33-inch Kumho mud terrain tires, a Warn winch and a Gamiviti roof rack.
Besides the engine and upgraded componentry, this Land Cruiser looks the part of an old-school off-roader with a British Racing Green paint job (2002 Mini Cooper spec, if you want to get specific) and brown leather interior. The owner upgraded the stereo, and the air conditioning works. It’s just about perfect, if you’re not obsessed about stock components.
Land Cruisers seldom come cheap. Neither do the off-roading modifications this one has had. Still, with the current high bid still under $25,000 as of this writing, it’s a heck of a deal. Unlike the incredible Land Cruiser Namib truck, you can take it home.
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